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Friday, September 02, 2005 

From Baghdad to Bourbon St: A litany of lies and ineptitude

As tragic events unfold along the Gulf coast, a stunned nation reels in disbelief at the notion that the most powerful country ever to exist cannot provide for the basic essentials to sustain the lives of tens of thousands of its own citizens. The idea is almost unfathomable: that an America that could put a man on the moon, feed the world's hungry and protect its oppressed, cannot in 2005 supply food, water, security and basic medical care to the victims of a hurricane. Yet this appears to be the situation. How is this possible? How could this have possibly happened?

Unfortunately the handwriting for disaster has been on the wall for quite some time. Although it began with the systematic disassembling of the federal government and it’s programs in the eighties, the last six years of one-party control have brought the situation to a head. Today all that is left of our nation’s ability to respond to disaster are a thousand points of faith-based, compassionate- conservative light, and this is obviously not enough.

From the start, the present administration in particular has been ruthless in its quest to re-mold both the nation and the world to fit a predetermined vision. In their quest to accomplish their goals they have demonstrated a willingness to manipulate, mislead and deceive. But perhaps worse than the deceit has been the utter incompetence with which they have proceeded with their plans.

From the claim that Iraqis would greet US troops with flowers and candy to the assertions about weapons of mass destruction, they have been proved to be wrong. From the inability or unwillingness to supply our troops with the necessary tools to wage war to the gross underestimation about the size of the force needed to control a conquered Iraq, they have been proved to be wrong. From the claim that the vast oil wealth of Iraq would pay for the cost of rebuilding Iraq to the assertion that fighting terrorist "there" would make us safer here, they have been proved to be wrong. Almost every premise given for the war, and every decision made about its execution have been proved to be wrong. Now, we are seeing the same rank incompetence being revealed in New Orleans and the Gulf States.

It is ironic that once again tragedy strikes our nation as our president vacations. Once again he reacts slowly, and with uncertainty. Once again he fails to see danger on the horizon. Once again, Americans die.

"Who would have thought terrorists would fly a plane into a building" sounds eerily like "Who would have thought the levees would break". Bush strumming his guitar as people drowned looks not unlike Bush reading "My Pet Goat" as thousands perished in the World Trade Center. The people trampled to death on a Baghdad bridge look not unlike the lost souls wandering I-10 in New Orleans, looking for a way out of hell. The coffins of the 2000 servicemen and women killed in Iraq are not unlike the coffins of the thousands killed in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Untruth upon untruth, mistake upon mistake, death upon death--this is the legacy of the Bush administration.

 posted by IRAQFACT  # 6:40 PM  
"Preparing America
In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort. The new Department will also prioritize the important issue of citizen preparedness. Educating America's families on how best to prepare their homes for a disaster and tips for citizens on how to respond in a crisis will be given special attention at DHS."


We must make sure BushCo doesn't scapegoat the local and state governments for what was their responsibility after setting up DHS...
It's just like living in a third world country with a corrupt (Halliburton) and inept (Bush) government!
From "The Times"
The Federal Emergency Management Agency listed the 3 likelist potential disasters to threaten America were an eathquake in San Francisco, a terrorist Attack in New York (predicted before 9/11) and a hurricane hitting New Orleans... and that the hurricane could be the most catacylsmic of them all.

All that was done to help prevent this scenario was the building of levees and last year the budget for maintaining the levees was slashed by Bush to help fund the war in Iraq and homeland security.

Is it possible that the response for this scenario would be to simply call for an evacuation? There's no stopping a hurricane. It's going to do its damage. This is possibly Bush's view: Even before the hurricane hits get as many people out of the way as possible so we can start cleaning up the place as efficiently and as cost effectively as possible when it does hit. For those people that DO stay, dropping food and supplies down wont encourage them to leave. He wants them out the way. They're not leaving as quick as he would have liked so he sends in the marines to speed up the process.

Ther may have been a better way to deal with the disaster... but were the majority of these people democrat voters?
3000 Pro-Democracy/Anti-Bush Links

Let's see- thousands killed in Louisiana, Mississippe, and Alabama...well that's untrue.
Bush reading to children when he should have been -what?
NO ONE said- who would have thought the levees would break- funds were allocated and warnings posted for years but LOUISIANA did not do enough. Try and remember we DO have states rights AND responsibilities. But then, take the lazy way- blame the federal government.
Yeah Bush ain't lazy > he had to lie and cheat his way into office and then lie so thousands would die...just all in a day's work for Dubya
One of the only anchors who would ever think twice about the Downing Street Memo has left CNN. Please sign our petition to get CNN to re-hire Aaron Brown. We need him.

"Can you please help spread this meme?
"Project for a New American Century" is the think tank that created US government neocons. Get people Googling PNAC, and they will find out that this neocon agenda is hardly what they voted for, indeed is dangerous to American life and to the world. Write it, say it - and now WEAR this meme.
Prices are marked very low; most profits will go to Crawford Peace House, Texas."
Not sure what the overall point is, if the US foreign policy agenda had Iraqi regime change for some time (1998). Nevertheless, the ends don't justify the means(or the justifications). Still, is there no possibility that WMDs are in Syria or Iran somewhere?
Regime change does not mean war, and you're quite right that the ends don't justify the means. As to the assertion about WMDs being spirited out of the country... yes, it's possible. Anything is possible. But is it likely?

Let me ask you this: how is it that all of the WMD Saddam supposedly had spread all over his country suddenly went missing without our knowing? We're able to take pictures from space of a couple of "mobile weapons labs" but we can't see one single bit of evidence of WMD being moved? Possible, but not likely.
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